Warm company is just as important as the meals volunteers deliver.
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Personal interactions between volunteers and the older adults they assist, which paused due to pandemic concerns, are resuming.
At one time more than one in three Australians did volunteer work. Only one in five are now doing so, but there are some positive signs as volunteering organisations adapt to changing times.
These students at the University of Pittsburgh urged their peers to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
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Civics education is not boosting youth voting, volunteering or even scores on academic tests about government – and may be related to QAnon support.
A volunteer looks for waterbirds at Point Reyes National Seashore in California during the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count.
COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
With its largely white and older workers, this poll site in Maine is typical of poll sites across the U.S.
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An army of mostly older, white volunteers run America's voting sites. They're reluctant to work during a pandemic. So new recruits are signing up to run the polls, for better and for worse.
An Indian volunteer in Delhi sanitisers a driver delivering food from an emergency kitchen.
The work of volunteers is political and that matters.
Scientists can now track butterfly migration in real time with the help of volunteers.
Citizen scientists across North America have contributed over 1 million observations to this online platform, generating data useful for researchers.
The vast majority of bushfire fighters in Australia are volunteers. And their job is only getting harder.
Volunteer numbers are shrinking in rural areas, leaving fewer people to battle bushfires. We need to change our thinking about volunteering to recruit more firefighters and keep the ones we have.
Cub Scouts outings aren’t possible without dedicated volunteers.
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Scholars researched whether bestowing awards on volunteers who pitch in with the Boy Scouts made a difference. The answer seems to depend on whether the recognition is expected or not.
Family is far more important for developing engagement of young people in civil society than previously thought.
Volunteering as a family.
Whether they stay with the same organisations or not, family members have a strong influence on each others' volunteer habits.
Honduran mother and child with a Border Patrol agent.
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This tradition is so strong in the US that all lawyers are encouraged to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono service per year.
Did David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ plan work to get more people into volunteering?
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New analysis shows government policies to encourage people to volunteer has little impact.
In some rural Australian towns, there’s nobody left to help the elderly or coach cricket teams.
Volunteers have long been the lifeblood of rural communities. But as their numbers shrink, remote towns are at a loss for how to replace them.
Volunteer tourism should be subject to checks and balances, with host communities firmly in the driver’s seat.
Volunteer tourism is often criticised for focusing on profit and volunteer experience. But improving monitoring and evaluation and putting host communities in charge can make it more sustainable.
Volunteers assemble food to be distributed to low-income schoolchildren in Pittsburgh through a government-funded program.
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The share of people who give their time to good causes is starting to dip.
Lentil As Anything, a social enterprise in Melbourne.
Research shows social enterprises employ more people with disabilities, female managers and long-term unemployed than regular businesses. This will be key to a more inclusive economy.
A Victorian AIDS Council volunteer training weekend in Kyneton Victoria, 1987.
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The AIDS crisis arrived in Australia in 1982 and triggered an enormous (and successful) public health response, largely driven by volunteers. These people, often from marginalised communities in their own right, deserve recognition in Australia's proud volunteer tradition.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has questioned whether Meals on Wheels gets ‘results.’
Trump's budget director singled out Meals on Wheels as a waste of federal dollars. But identifying bad ways to spend taxpayer money is harder than it sounds.
Most U.S. environmental organizations are less diverse than this group of Californian environmental justice leaders.
How could green groups attract more diverse volunteers? Maybe they could put more time and energy into outreach toward the people most affected by environmental injustices.